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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Trauma Therapist – STV (Term)

Competition #81-18 |  Download job posting PDF



Founded in 1928 and celebrating its 90th year, FSGV is a charitable organization with nearly 100 social services programs and 500 employees across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Our values:
• Innovation
• Integrity
• Diversity
• Optimism
• Excellence

FSGV commands respect in the community while envisioning and impacting brighter futures for the people we serve. We provide a supportive workplace for our staff and professional, effective services for our clients, including counselling, therapy, advocacy, education, employment support and community services.


FSGV’s Counselling & Trauma Services Program provides a spectrum of counselling services (free and fee-for-service) for the community, including a number of specialized services in collaboration with community partners and funders. The STV (Stopping the Violence) program provides free counselling to women who have experienced sexual assault, violence/abuse in relationships, or childhood sexual abuse.

Position Profile:

2 salaried term positions available (term ending March 31, 2019) – one in Richmond and one in New Westminster. Both of these positions will provide screening, counselling and support services to adult women in the Richmond and/or New Westminster area who have experienced violence in relationships, sexual assault and/or childhood abuse. Possibility of group work in both communities


Integrity and Ethical Behaviour: Models ethical behaviour; Adheres to the principles and practices of the organization and their profession. Demonstrates personal accountability and congruent behaviour.


Critical Thinking / Judgment: demonstrates sound judgment and critical thinking in assessing client needs and safety, establishing appropriate boundaries, and developing appropriate treatment plans.


Commitment to Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development. Stays up-to-date on evidence-based therapeutic trends and approaches. Seeks out feedback on personal performance and behaviour, adapting behaviour appropriately.


Interpersonal Communication: Articulate both verbally and in writing in a manner that builds trust, respect and credibility. Adapts content, style, tone, and medium of communication to suit clients’ language, cultural background and level of understanding.


Teamwork and Cooperation: Works collaboratively with others to achieve common goals and positive results. Develops and maintains strong and supportive team environments with colleagues.


Technological Competence: Effectively utilizes appropriate technology to manage information, maintain records and communicate with clients, colleagues and community partners.


Other Information:

  • Two 8-month Term positions available (1 in Richmond and 1 in New Westminster – can be combined into one position)
  • Successful completion of criminal record check is a condition of employment
  • Some evening work required


Required Qualifications:


  • Masters Degree in Counselling or Social Work (RCC or MSW)
  • Must be registered with a professional body in the province of BC and qualified to supervise Masters-level intern students.
  • Additional education/training in Somatic Therapies, EMDR and/or other models of current best practices in the theory/treatment of trauma, as well as education/training facilitating psycho-educational trauma groups


Job Specific Experience and Knowledge:

Minimum 3-5 years experience working in a counselling capacity with women who have experienced violence in relationships, sexual abuse and/or childhood abuse. Must include the following knowledge and expertise:

  • High degree of knowledge in the areas of sexual abuse, domestic violence, historical child abuse and trauma.
  • Advanced knowledge of, and ability to address themes of vicarious trauma
  • Proficiency in assessment and individual counselling from a feminist perspective
  • Experience working with the LGBTQ2S community
  • Proficiency in advocacy work




FSGV offers purposeful careers, serving the most vulnerable members of our community. This role offers you the opportunity to help build a successful fundraising operation, influence the growth of a new team, nurture cooperative relationships and make a positive impact in our community.


FSGV provides a comprehensive compensation package, with pension and generous extended health benefits for our regular staff.


FSGV supports career development and training for staff to reach their potential, and offer mentorship and professional advancement in a supportive environment. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, wellness and a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace that values diversity and respect for all.


Work Hours: 2 positions: Richmond position is 14 hours per week, and New Westminster position is 12 hours per week. The 2 positions can be combined into one position. This is an 8 month term position ending March 31, 2019.


Salary: $26.59 per hour (GS10, Step 1)


Location: 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster, BC and/or 250-7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC

Start Date: August 1, 2018



If this describes you, please send us your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number 81-18 in email subject line). Please tell us where you heard of this opportunity, outlining your interest and demonstrating your relevant experience for this role in your cover letter.


Send your application to: Jamie Smulders, Clinical Services Manager, at jsmulders@fsgv.ca


Post End Date: July 13, 2018


Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.


FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities.